Hovering Fighter Jet Added to Lauderdale Air Show Lineup


A jet that takes off and lands vertically will fly over Fort Lauderdale beach for the Lauderdale Air Show.

The U.S. Marine Corps Harrier jet, AV-8B, is a crowd favorite. It doesn't require a takeoff strip because it can rise vertically and thrust forward out of mid-air, and it can turn 360 degrees while hovering, a seemingly gravity-defying maneuver for an airplane.

One of its four appearances this year will be at the May 7-8 air show, organizers announced Tuesday.

"We're honored the U.S. Marine Corps selected the Fort Lauderdale Air Show to demonstrate the Harrier," said Bryan Lilley, president of the air show. "The tremendous military support for the return to flight of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show has allowed us to put together the best performer line up in North America in 2016."

The air show was canceled in 2014 because of runway construction at the airport and in 2015 because of ongoing State Road A1A reconstruction work in the heart of its viewing area.

The air show also will feature another cutting edge fighter jet, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, in its first performance for the public.

And then there are the ubiquitous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, with their close-formation synchronized flying.

The lineup also features the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet Demo, the Breitling Jet Team and the GEICO Skytypers.

Tickets are on sale now at www.FortLauderdaleAirShow.com at special advance pricing rates through Monday, April 11.

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